If any readers out there want to spoil the ladies of DSN with some diamonds, we will gladly accept any of these lovely pieces from Tiffany & Co. (my favourite shop, of course). I just stumbled upon this fabulous collection designed by Jean Schlumberger, who presents a delicious array of jeweled ocean creatures. For a . . . → Read More: Undersea jewelry (and sparkling diamonds) from Tiffany & Co.
Big tip ‘o the hat to @RebeccaRHelm on Twitter for sharing this beautiful video with great music on it. Make sure you stick with the video to about 2/3′s of the way through to see what happens to the jelly! Video information: United States Antarctic Program divers, Henry Kaiser and Rob Robbins, both videotape . . . → Read More: Beneath Antarctic Ice: Gelatinous Edition
This Friday comes the news that a new jellyfish has been named “City of gonads”. You can’t make this stuff up, except that somebody just did! I guess you have have really big, um, er, what’s the word? to do that… The City of Gonads jellyfish, click to go to the full story . . . → Read More: TGIF – City of Gonads
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has just posted better footage of Deepstaria, The scyphomedusa Deepstaria is certainly odd, with its bag-like appearance, and bell that can open more than a meter wide. Speculation on the identity of a mystery blob of has become a YouTube sensation, sparking heated and entertaining debates over . . . → Read More: Better and New Video of the Enigmatic Placental Jellyfish
Yesterday the DSN crew first saw the video above. What is this large floating sheet of goo? Is it alive? Was it once alive? The two leading contenders seems to be that it is A) an old whale placenta or B) a rare and enigmatic deep-sea jellyfish. And the answer is…. B) A) So . . . → Read More: Solving the Mystery of the Placental Jellyfish
Some cool pics and the video (below) from the NEAq’s Exhibit Galleries Blog on Flower Hat Jellies (Olindias formosa, one of my favs!). Head there to learn more!
Mufasa was right. We’re all intertwined. Whether we humans like to admit it or not, every action by a living organism on Earth has repercussions. (And yes, you can lump in viruses and prions because I’m not getting into a philosophical debate about what constitutes ‘living’). Run, Harry! You don't want to catch Irukandji syndrome!!! . . . → Read More: The Circle of Life (and how Jellyfish screw it up)
From the MBARI YouTube page: By all accounts, jellyfish are creatures that kill people, eat microbes, grow to tens of meters, filter phytoplankton, take over ecosystems, and live forever. Because of the immense diversity of gelatinous plankton, jelly-like creatures can individually have each of these properties. However this way of looking at them both . . . → Read More: There’s No Such Thing as a Jellyfish
Although first collected in 1901 and scientifically described in 1910, the giant jellyfish, Stygiomedusa gigantea, is rarely collected or seen. It is likely one of the largest invertebrate predators currently in the ocean. Current size estimates put the bell diameter around 0.5-0.75 meters and the tentacles at about ~10 meters in length. via YouTube – . . . → Read More: Rare Giant Jellyfish Caught on Video